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Brother of 7yo COVID patient in ZamboSur now PUI in Iligan

April 4, 2020

ILIGAN CITY -----  A 19-year old male in Sitio Fuentes, Barangay Maria Cristina is now considered person under investigation after his seven-year old brother was tested positive of COVID-19 in Dumalinao town, Zamboanga del Sur. Iligan City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral said the older brother was traced by the Inte-Agency Task Force (IATF) COVID Iligan after Zamboanga del Sur Task Force COVID reported that the younger sibling and his family visited them in Fuentes on March 14-15. IATF Iligan is only putting him in a home quarantine because he has mild symptoms. "He will be automatically considered PUI because of his direct exposure to his brother," Cañaveral said. Jimuel Panang, barangay chairman of Paglaum, Dumalinao where the family of the 7 years old live, said the his family attended a birthday gathering and a funeral in Iligan but did not specify the dates and the exact location of the two events. In a press conference on Wednesday, TF ZamboSur announced that the 7-year manifested mild symptoms on March 19, four days after his family came home in Dumalinao from Iligan. He is listed as patient 13 by the TF ZamboSur COVID. On March 20, the symptoms worsen, and he was admitted to Pagadian City Private Hospital for asthma but treated in an isolation area. Patient 13 is a known asthmatic. He was swabbed on March 23. The result was received by the hospital on April 01. TF ZamboSur said the boy is recovering.

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CIDG confiscates overpriced bananas in Iligan City

April 3, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- After two weeks of surviellance, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) confiscated around two thousand kilos of ripe and unripe 'lakatan' in an entrapment operation, Wednesday morning, April 1, inside a warehouse at Aguinaldo Street in Barangay Palao, here. Lakatan is a variety of banana. The warehouse was described by the CIDG as 'big that it can supply hundreds of kilos to the market'. Major William Maisog, officer-in-charge of CIDG Iligan, said the operation was conducted series of complaints were forwarded to their office for overpricing. Instead of 50 pesos per kilo, those were sold to 90 pesos. Together with the Department the of Trade and Industry, the City Agriculture Office and Iligan City Police Station 5, four were arrested that include the two female owners, a female cashier and a male helper. The green unripe bananas are being locked inside the warehouse while the ripe ones were donated to the frontliners and check points. The arrested personalities are temporarily detained at the CIDG headquarters in Barangay Tipanoy. They are facing cases of violation of Republic Act 10623 or the Price Act and RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

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Rotarians in Cagayan de Oro respond to government's call for assistance

April 2, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Council of Presidents of Rotary International District 3870 responded to the urgent call to help frontliners in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease. RI District 3870 Zone 1 Council of Presidents and their members, under the active leadership of Z1 Council Chairperson Rosalinda Caragos, donated boxes of alcohol, face masks and other vital shield and protective gears to prevent frontliners from virus infection. It can be recalled that there were already 12 doctors in Metro Manila who have died after they were infected by the virus while in the call of duty. The Rotarians' donations were distributed to the frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH).  NMMC is a regional hospital supported and run by the Department of Health, the lead agency in the battle against the deadly coronavirus disease, while JRBGH is a local hospital run by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, Rotary International District 3870 is a prestigious and highly respected group of professionals and businessmen, who bond together despite their respective careers in business and profession, to do community service as one of the trusts of Rotary International. RI District 3870 is composed of different clubs in Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Gingoog City, Valencia City, Malaybalay City, Isulan, Tacurong and Pikit. Bansawan Ibrahim is the current Governor of Rotary District 3870.

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Local government reaps sustainability benefits amid quarantine

April 2, 2020

KAUSWAGAN, LANAO DEL NORTE (2 Apr 2020) — “There is abundance in our backyard.” This is the message of Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado who currently pushes barangay officials to provide nutritious meals to their constituents in the ongoing enhanced community quarantine measures being implemented in the province of Lanao del Norte and the rest of the country. This comes amid issues in local management of food distribution in different areas where local governments resort to food rationing in light of preventive measures in an attempt to stop local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of today, 2,633 cases in the Philippines have been confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH). The death toll is at 107 including 17 physicians. In Kauswagan, the municipal health office reported that they no longer have PUIs and PUMs, however, continuous monitoring is being done by the barangay emergency health response teams (BEHRTs). With current issues caused by public transport suspension and closure of non-essential businesses, the local government is able to provide nutritious foods to families as a result of their food security measures. “We have literally saved for rainy days. Families are able to consume their own produce and to augment further, communal gardens from our communities are now the source of nutritious food items during this crisis,” said Arnado.  A known model LGU in organic agriculture, Kauswagan has been promoting food production among families and communities through their decade-old food security and sustainability initiatives. These efforts proved to be effective in promoting citizen engagement in ensuring food security. Arnado had earlier ordered schools, organizations and households to have their own communal or backyard vegetable gardens. A local ordinance requiring household gardens was passed. The Arms to Farms Program of the municipality had significantly contributed to promoting peace building and poverty alleviation measures.  With improving performance on economic development including food production and stable income each year, the program managed to bring down poverty incidence to 9.1% in 2019 as compared to the 79% in 2000.   Kauswagan’s contribution to sustainability efforts were internationally recognized when the LGU and Arnado received the 2016 Peace Prize Award from the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Bogota, Colombia. Arnado is currently national president of the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities and Provinces of the Philippines (LOAMCP Philippines). Photo: LGU Kauswagan - The Municipality of Kauswagan boasts of its rich agri-aqua produce. While the whole town is in enhanced community quarantine, the LGU ordered distribution of healthy and nutritious foods to affected families. 

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Caraga remains COVID-free after dead PUI tested negative

April 2, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—The entire Caraga region remains free from the dreaded Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) after the lone person under investigation (PUI) who died at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City on March 26 was tested negative of the virus. Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Caraga Regional Director of the Department of Health, said confirmatory laboratory result released by the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City showed that the 24-year-old lone PUI mortality in the region was found to be negative of the virus. He said the patient’s demise was primarily correlated to a pre-existing medical condition which was Chronic Kidney Disease although a travel history outside the region was noted. “Again, we extend our sympathy to the bereaved family for their loss. However, we are also relieved of the latest test result,” Llacuna, said. As of April 1, there are two currently admitted PUIs in one of the DOH hospitals in the region. The regional office is still waiting for its pending lab results. The Caraga Regional Hospital has recorded 11 PUI patients of which eight were tested negative in the laboratory results from SPMC. There are a total of 7,713 persons under monitoring (PUM) in the region of which 7023 were cleared and have completed their 14-day isolation while 690 are still being monitored. In related development, Agusan del Sur Gov. Santigao Cane Jr has recalled yesterday the declaration of the entire province under enhanced community quarantine after he was overruled in a virtual meeting among governors and city mayors of Caraga on April 1. The Regional Task Force for COVID-19 released Resolution No. 7 Series of 2020 or the “One Caraga Shield”, that aims to harmonize the guidelines for the regional community quarantine in response to the viral threat. The “One Caraga Shield” had put back the status of Agusan del Sur into community quarantine and lifted the banning in the entry of motorist even those residents coming home from other areas in all the roads at the borders of the province. The regional task force agreed to declare a “lockout”  or the banning of entry of motorists in all the borders of Caraga.

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Three years after the Marawi siege, army, cops now becoming businessmen

April 1, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- After defeating the terrorists three years ago in Marawi City, soldiers and cops went around the province bringing essentials for the people to survive while fighting another enemy they cannot see. On Monday (March 30) soldiers of the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade and cops of Lanao del Sur started going around every town with somebody from the local government unit (LGU) making announcement using megaphone. In groups, they were on board army and police vehicle, loaded not with guns and bullets but grocery items, not to be given for free but for sale. "We became 'secutindero' (coined for security and 'tindero' or salesman)," said Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the 103rd Brigade. "This is our way of helping the people in our areas of operation. We have not yet stood up from the siege and here we are, fighting again (againts the virus)," Cuerpo added. The frontliners during Marawi siege in 2017 are now selling goods to residents through rolling stores. Cuerpo said this is the army and the police way of helping residents around Lake Lanao to have easy access to buy their necessities because they are having hard time to go to Marawi City where their main market is. The whole province is on an enhanced community quarantine since March 19 that would make residents difficult to travel especially if they don't have own vehicle. The provincial government of Lanao del Sur, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Lanao Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea of rolling stores to avoid the tendency of over pricing in temporary markets (talipapa). The three agencies joint together in pooling the grocery items to be sold based on the DTI prices. These items include rice, sardines, noodles and coffee. Using the army and police vehicles, the men in uniform provide manpower and security. Three groups from the police and another three from army will bring the rolling store to three to four municipalities from 7am to 6pm. Col. Madzgani Mukaram, chief of Lanao del Sur police, said it is satisfying to help the people in times like this fighting the unseen enemies. "Sa ganitong klaseng giyera, kung hindi mag-cooperate ang publiko, kung hindi natin sila tutulungan, hindi lang ang mga sibilyan ang talo sa giyera laban sa COVID-19 kundi pati rin kaming mga pulis at mga sundalo na nasa frontline," Mukaram said. (In this kind of war, if the public will not cooperate, if we will not help them, it is not only the civilians who may loss in the battle against COVID-19 but also us, police and army who are in the frontline.) Mukaram said cops who went around with the rolling stores will also comply their duty at the checkpoints. "It is tiring but we are happy to serve. It's fulfilling serving the people," Mukaram said.

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